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Presentation of the month: Outlook from Sugar & Ethanol Brazil by Stefan Uhlenbrock, Senior Commodity Analyst, F.O. Licht.

  • How much of a threat do sugar taxes represent to global sugar consumption, and are they here to stay?
  • What impact will slowing population growth have on sugar demand in the long-term?
  • What are the prospects for Brazilian sugar mills in the current pricing environment?
  • How will record sugar stocks in India affect other markets?

Overcoming the barriers to entry for aviation biofuels

Aviation is both one of the fastest growing emissions sources and one of the most challenging to decarbonise.

The available solutions are limited. Despite growing hype around passenger electric alternatives, electrification is unlikely to prove a near-term option except for small aircraft on short hop flights.

Similarly, improvements in fuel and navigational efficiency do not go far enough to reduce emissions on their own. Average efficiency gains of 1 – 2% per year are being outpaced by an annual growth rate in airline traffic of 5%.

This leaves Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs) as the only credible means of reducing direct emissions from air travel on a meaningful scale.

Included within this category are aviation biofuels produced through any of four certified technology pathways, as well as electrofuels produced using renewable energy.

But SAF deployment is still in its infancy, and creative thinking is needed to enable these fuels to thrive.

The European biofuels policy disconnect: Q&A with Eric Sievers

Eric Sievers is Director of Investments at Ethanol Europe, an investment vehicle responsible for the largest ethanol production facility in Europe, Pannonia Bio in Hungary. We caught up with Eric at the World Ethanol & Biofuels conference in Brussels to discuss the state of European biofuels policy, and the drawbacks of shifting the focus from first generation ethanol production to cellulosic and waste-based fuels.

To E15 and Beyond: Q&A with Doug Durante of the CFDC

Doug Durante is Executive Director of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition, a non-profit organisation promoting pro-biofuels programs and policy in the US. We caught up with him at the World Ethanol & Biofuels conference in Brussels to discuss recent regulatory changes, the advantages of ethanol as an octane enhancer and the environmental footprint of corn.

Realism on biofuels and decarbonisation: Q&A with Charles-Albert Peers

Charles-Albert Peers is the Chairman of ePURE, the European renewable ethanol association. In our interview with him at the World Ethanol & Biofuels conference, we discussed the emissions savings ethanol can deliver in the near term, and the difficulties involved with investing in second generation biofuels production.